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Pregnancy Week 20 December 1, 2008

Posted by battysgirl in Baby Fever.

What the Experts Say


You are half way through your pregnancy! Congratulations! Your belly button may pop out and stay that way as your uterus presses upwards. Some people will have trouble breathing as their lungs become cramped. This will usually continue until the baby “drops.” In a first pregnancy this can occur as early as 4-6 weeks before your birth or not until labor as with subsequent pregnancies. Once the baby “drops.” You will have to urinate more frequently, hard to believe, eh? Remembering to do your pelvic tilts prior to laying down will hopefully allow you a few more minutes before the next bathroom break.


Lanugo forms from sebum and skin cells to create vernix. This creamy white substance is believed to help protect the baby. It will cling to the lanugo and in the creases. This is also something that can be seen sometimes after the birth. Rumor has it that nursery nurses use it for hand lotion, because of its smooth, protective quality.

You may be aware of sleep wake cycles in your little one. The weight is now up to 10 ounces (283 grams) and the baby measures about 25 cms total length, about 9.8 inches. Many moms have an ultrasound at week 20. It may be your first peek at baby.

(Weights vary widely.)


Take mom out to dinner to celebrate the half-way point in pregnancy. My husband adds that a gift for the baby is also a nice touch. This is particularly true if you’re just finding out if your baby is a girl or a boy.


What’s Going on With Us:

Now that we’ve confirmed its a girl, its fun to be able to refer to the baby as her, although I personally don’t use the name we’ve chosen as it feels like its too soon.

The BIG BIG news?  I can consistently feel her move now!!  She is most active at 7:00 AM, then again at 10:00 AM and at bed time.  Sometimes I’ll just stare off into space and pay attention to her.  I wish I had a little window to look in on her and see if that movement I just felt was a kick, punch or roll.



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